Trying to please people, it is like praying to a statue hoping for an answer,
Doesn’t matter if it is your mother, father, brother, or sister,
Your purpose on this earth isn’t to make them happy,

No matter what you do,
It will never be enough,
4.0, Ivy League,
One wrong decision, one mistake,

Take for example a Somali American entering Miss Minnesota,
Mother disagreed,
Tradition and culture more important than her daughter’s happiness,
Daughter’s vision set on racial tensions softened,
Mother’s ignorance based off religious texts,

If the young woman would have listened to her elders,
Thousands of non-Muslims would have never learned,
That not every Muslim is a terrorist,
Most of us are just trying to get a degree,
An education,
Making something out of the gifts we got,

Published by Khalid Zilberg